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Show & Tell / Re: Show your holiday greeting...
« on: December 27, 2018, 03:16:40 PM »
@bleair I love your little white wreath in the corner!

Thank you.  Though I can't take credit for that, that was my wife.  I will mention that we both learned that style from Heather Held and personally I got the greatest enjoyment and also gain out of her class.... She teaches several times throughout the year and I personally think her teaching style and classes are fantastic

Show & Tell / Re: Show your holiday greeting...
« on: December 26, 2018, 10:54:12 PM »
Practicing for some cards, and this little test kinda turned out nice

Happy holidays to all

I think this ductus breakdown is great, especially showing each step building up.

When reading these I sometimes have the question of "is that a full lift, or is it just a means to say break up the strokes"? Along with that in a few select cases there is even sometimes the desire to not even connect the next stroke after lift, but to actually leave a very tiny space.

Coffee & Nib-bles / Paper geekiness - natural grain of paper
« on: March 31, 2018, 06:42:55 PM »
This youtube video is from a mathematician and talks about how paper has a natural "grain" or structure as a result of the paper maker process.

He mentions that calligraphers have told him they can feel this grain.  With laid paper you can feel the texture imparted by the screens, but I'm less certain about being able to feel this internal structure with hot-press paper, though that might be just because I'm a beginner.

Nothing profound, but kinda fun to see how historic scribes sometimes incorporated flaws of parchment directly into their work.

Coffee & Nib-bles / Re: To anyone who uses the internet...
« on: March 27, 2018, 10:55:22 PM »
For me it really doesn't matter. It all comes down on turning off personal data sending for every app which allows that, being critical and not upload everything everywhere, not click on adds, never open email from unrecognised sources and never ever run stuff on your computer unless you are 100% sure you know what are you opening.

I'm quoting you because to me, personally, it does matter.

If you use facebook on android, then they have been collecting the information about calls you made and text messages you sent, for years.,news-26847.html

Facebook's goal is to make money. They do this by selling advertising. They do this by selling "articles that generate more clicks" e.g. sometimes incendiary and/or untrue articles that will draw attention and clicks.  To be fair, if you use facebook you've agreed to let them do this.

Other people might be more like you and just shrug and say "it doesn't matter"... in the end it's a personal choice, but I do wonder if people realize exactly what it is they are agreeing to.

According to

"Two em dashes can be used to indicate missing portions of a word, whether unknown or intentionally omitted."

and this leads me to think that the rules are somewhat fluid....

Early roundhand writing was done with a feather quill (so a bit of flex allowed for swells)

Actual engraved-on-copperplates for printing were carved, and it appears people who developed the skill learned how to vary their depth while making very graceful arcs

Word of the Day / Re: Terrible pun of the week
« on: July 16, 2017, 04:03:50 AM »
The most dangerous (worst) puns of all.... math puns.  You may want to put on protective gear

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Calligraphy bar brawls
« on: July 15, 2017, 11:21:06 PM »
lol. Aha, I totally missed that... I just read "chilled steel", and I didn't recognize the first name... just assumed it was some boutique revolver maker.  :)

Now I have to lookup Mark Ferth Chilled Steel... Awesome.
Given that the Hunt name is on the knife I think I have a clear idea of which nib you prefer. :) :)

It's a bit hard for me to make out, but I think the second word of the second line is the thorn glyph for the word "the"/"ye" (as in a stylized thron maybe ends up looking like the letter ye).  Fun to see

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Calligraphy bar brawls
« on: July 12, 2017, 03:20:02 AM »
Maybe this is entirely because I'm a newbie, but I can see one person saying how nib X is the greatest nib for pointed pen work ever and more experienced calligraphers giving "shoosh now looks" but other newbies joining in and then quickly bottles are being broken on the edges of tables..

Or, a tension I've seen for real... in some circles there is this never quite stated notion that there is "real calligraphy" as in everything you see from Europe vs. those darn upstarts in American talking about Spencerian and Ornamental penmansip and off-hand flourishing, which while lovely is by no means actual calligraphy in the proper use of the word.

This isn't actual calligraphy, but the writing is rather nice IMO and its definitely in an interesting example of written from back in the day

Coffee & Nib-bles / Re: To anyone who uses the internet...
« on: June 19, 2017, 04:08:00 AM »
For managing some of the information that google accumulates about you -

Your cellphone usage and how you move through the city during the day and unless you use a VPN they also record what websites you visit as you move.   A few US carriers allow you to pay to opt out of this tracking, but the last time I checked there was only one.

Your usage of "social media" websites, e.g. facebook is by far the most dangerous.  Facebook has a vested interest in selecting stories to show you that are going to elicit  a click or response and for-certain they track both what news websites you go to and what shopping websites you have visited, they know which way you lean politically, your approx. age, and your income demographic... It also now seems that law enforcement (in the US) can legally demand access to your facebook account (e.g. returning from overseas trips)..  Did you like a post criticizing a current or former policy of the government? Do you have friends who might have made such posts? Then US Border control can, and is expected, to go to great lengths to "protect the US border".   I'm not saying give up on facebook altogether, but use it selectively (e.g. using it to coordinate meetups with friends is a great low risk option).

What can you do if this bothers you? 
#1 Let your representatives know you do _NOT_ want ISPs to be allowed to track your itnernet usage, and you do not want to allow them to resell this history (this sadly was a new change that just recently passed into law)

#2 When web browsing, if you choose to open a new "private" or "incognito" it's a bit harder for sites to track your shopping interests as you move to other sites (though, if you're using amazon they obviously know who you are if you login!).  If you're especially worried you might have a different web browser (e.g. Firefox, instead of Chrome) that you exclusively use for a subsets of sites (e.g. only visit your banking website with Firefox - make sure whichever web browser you use you regularly check it for updates)

#3 Any website you use (unless you're paying for the service AND they've disclosed their tracking policy) is almost certainly directly or indirectly tracking you... this isn't always a horrible thing - websites need to pay costs (servers, bandwidth, salaries for their writers to create the content you view/read.)   This content is paid for by selling ads... The point is, be aware that everything you do online is likely a means for someone else to sell ads to you.

#4 Don't freak out, but do be aware that this is tracking is happening.

Does anyone have this book? Does it have nice examples?

 Amazon shows it as out of print, so I think I missed out.

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